I realized as I went through my February photographs that not only am I a little behind on this blog, but February was a pretty icy month. At least it was pretty ice. Since very little else is happening in the garden, I decided to look at ice patterns.
At the beginning of the month, my car acquired winter camouflage, which melted away very quickly.
Meanwhile, the driveway looked like someone went wild with pretzel salt.
It was relatively warm, so this ice was not a difficult cleanup. The next storm’s ice was much worse however.
Yes, this view is looking into the car; the darker area at the bottom is my black dashboard! This freezing rain created a skating rink and caused a lot of power outages in the area. It got just warm enough the next day that I was able to scrape the ice off the sidewalk and pry it off the car in time to get to work.
This thaw was followed by rain that froze. We had frost ferns on the planter ledge and the steps.
The lawn was not as warm as the pavement, so it had a glaze of ice that was thick enough to be only crackable with my heel, but too slick to walk over.
We had another and more thorough thaw, followed by more freezing rain that was a bit colder than it was at the beginning of the month. The car had a completely different coating that it had had two weeks before. It would make a beautiful textured glass.
The preceding thaw generated quite a bit of runoff, which created sidewalk issues.
The month ended with polar vortices that froze the yard again.
And again. This last vortex came roaring in the first weekend in March.
We have had subzero windchills at night and very cold days since the beginning of the month, but it is Michigan. They are predicting mid-40s and thunderstorms for Sunday.
We are not done with frozen precipitation, I am sure—but you can’t blame me for hoping.